Acute Pain related to Postoperative Thyroidectomy

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Thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of the thyroid gland. The surgical procedure of thyroidectomy involves a partial or a complete removal of the thyroid (a gland, which is located in front of the lower neck, just above the trachea). The gland is formed by two cone-like lobes or wings (lobus dexter (right lobe) and lobus sinister (left lobe), and attached by a middle part (isthmus).

The surgery may be recommended for a variety of conditions including:

An overactive thyroid gland that produces extremely high levels of thyroid hormones A growth (nodule or cyst) associated with the thyroid gland Cancer of the thyroid A small thyroid growth Malignant (cancerous) thyroid tumors Benign (noncancerous) tumors of the thyroid that are causing symptoms An enlarged thyroid gland (nontoxic goiter) that makes it hard for you to breathe or swallow.


Indications for Thyroidectomy:


Common occurrence after Thyroidectomy


Action to reduce the Acute Pain related to postoperative thyroidectomy

1. Study the presence of pain symptoms, both verbal or nonverbal, note the location, intensity (scale of 0-10), and duration.
Rationale: useful in evaluating pain, determine the choice of interventions to determine effectiveness of therapy.

2. Give patients in semi-fowler’s position and support the head / neck with a small pillow.
Rationale: prevent hyper-extension neck and protect the integrity of the suture line.

3. Suggest patients use relaxation techniques, such as imagination, soft music, progressive relaxation.
Rationale: help to refocus attention and help patients to cope with pain / discomfort more effectively.

4. Give & evaluation prescribed analgesic effectiveness.
Rationale: Analgesics should be at great pains to block pain.

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